The actress talked about being institutionalized by her own mother at the age of 13. Look what Drew Barrymore had to say about that time in her life.
Barely a teenager, Drew spent a whopping a year and a half with Van Nuys Psychiatric, and she told all about it in a new interview on SiriusXM’s The Howard Stern Show.
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According to the actress, her behavior had completely ‘got out of hand’ and seeing that she could no longer deal with the ‘monster she had created’, Drew’s mother placed her in an institution.
This, of course, put a strain on their mother-daughter relationship in her adult life.
“My mom put me in a place that looked like a full psychiatric ward. I used to laugh at all those, like Malibu 30 day places, they talk about things that pissed me off. A 30 day spa vacation in Malibu was more or less the opposite of the experience I had. I was in this place called Van Nuys Psychiatric for a year and a half and you couldn’t mess around there. If you did, you would either be thrown into the padded room or strapped into stretchers and tied up, ” Drew recalled during the virtual interview.
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Hearing this, Howard wondered what had been so bad about Drew at that age that she would eventually be locked in a padded room.
“I grew up with the Go-Gos and Wendy O. Williams (from the Plasmatics) and Blondie and all those bad girls and I would channel my inner riot girl. Some days it was really funny. I’d piss off all the girls and say, ‘F ** k this place! These people don’t care about you, let’s show them f ** king! It was like half a kid’s facility and half an old man, so while I was chasing all those young girls and a woman in a walker would go through. It was hilarious. ‘
While there, Drew wondered if maybe she really needed that crazy structure to kickstart “ the rest ” of her life after such screwed up childhood years.
However, that thought only came about 6 to 8 months after its institutionalization.
Before then, she would be too angry to even see it right.
Watch the interview in its entirety to learn more about what she had to say about that time and about her relationship with her mother.